That's not cricket - Broad, Root, Stokes take on longest drive challenge

England cricket stars Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and Joe Root took part in a longest drive challenge with former Irish professional golfer Paul McGinley to see who can hit a golf ball the furthest.

The England trio, who are Investec ambassadors, took turns as they teed off at the Woburn Golf Club and by the end of the contest, it was Stokes who ended up as the winner.

Broad stated that Stokes is quite lively when it comes to golf and revealed that the 24-year-old hit a ball 297 yards to win the longest drive challenge.

"Ben Stokes on an off day can be quite lively," he confirmed.

"He’s got about 250 yards’ slide.

"He, certainly (did) not win it for the amount of balls on the fairway but won it for the distance. I think he hit one 297 yards.”

McGinley, who captained Europe to victory in the 2014 Ryder Cup, stated that he was most impressed with Root’s golf swing.

“Joe for me was the most impressive,” said McGinley.

“Joe has got, nearly you can say a professional golf swing.

“All the three players, trying to hit the ball outside each other.

“Ben won, so he was the king of distance.”

Despite winning the challenge, Stokes stated that he prefers hitting a moving ball in cricket to playing golf, a game he admitted he doesn’t understand.

“Broady is quite good off the tee and a little more consistent,” said Stokes.

“I don’t understand golf.

“We can hit a moving ball at 90 miles an hour but we can’t hit a still ball.”

Broad went on to state that the game of golf was one way through which the team unwinds and relaxes in order to get away from the intensity of cricket.

“Golf is such an important game for us.

“It is a good game for us mentally to escape the intensity of cricket and a way to relax and enjoy some time with the teammates.”

Root, Broad and Stokes will soon be seen in action when England take on Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series which gets underway in Leeds on 19th May.

© Cricket World 2016


 

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